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WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2023 ~ More than 1,100 Teamsters at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) went on strike today to protest unfair labor practices and demand a fair contract from DHL Express.

Gina Kemp, a DHL-CVG ramp and tug worker, said: "For too long, DHL has walked all over our rights to collective action. We were forced to go on strike to put an end to DHL's illegal anti-union behavior. This company's repeated acts of disrespect — from the tarmac where we work to the bargaining table — leave me and my co-workers with no choice but to withhold our labor."

The ramp and tug workers at DHL-CVG voted to organize with the Teamsters in April. The union has filed numerous unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board during and since the organizing campaign, including for DHL's retaliation against pro-union workers. The NLRB is prosecuting the company civilly for its illegal actions.

Bill Hamilton, Director of the Teamsters Express Division, said: "DHL bosses are pocketing billions as many of these workers live paycheck to paycheck. Meanwhile, this anti-worker company has the audacity to disrespect rank-and-file workers who are simply trying to stand up for themselves at the bargaining table. Enough is enough."

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The General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters recently authorized an increase in strike benefits for DHL-CVG workers. The Teamsters represent more than 6,000 members at DHL across the U.S., while Deutsche Post AG -the parent company of DHL Express - recorded a $4.3 billion operating profit in 2022 from worldwide operations and revenue topping $100 billion.

Bill Davis, President of Local 100 said: "DHL must stop breaking the law and give workers their fair share. They can afford it."

The Teamsters have been in negotiations with DHL since July for a first union contract at CVG -the company's largest and busiest logistics hub in North America - but have been met with resistance from management who have refused to come to terms on a strong contract despite their financial capabilities.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico who are fighting for better wages and working conditions through collective action such as today's strike at CVG airport by more than 1,100 members of Local 100 against DHL Express' unfair labor practices and refusal to negotiate a fair contract with them despite their financial capabilities.
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